Facebook has acquired Beat Games, the developer of Beat Saber, for an undisclosed sum.
Beat Games team will join Oculus Studios as an independently operated studio in Prague to assist Facebook with its “quest to bring VR to more people around the world”. In a Q&A, Facebook said that Beat Games “is a strong team with proven potential across VR, games, and music” and with “the resources and know-how that [Facebook] can offer, Beat Games will be able to accelerate, adding more music and more exciting features to Beat Saber as well as bringing the game to more people”.
Facebook is keen to emphasis that “what the community has come to love about Beat Saber will remain intact”, and “Beat Games will continue to ship content and updates for Beat Saber across all currently supported platforms, now with even more support from Facebook”.
Interestingly, the megacorp added that while “there’s a long history of indie studios joining larger companies and being ruined”, Facebook aims to change the script and “prove over time” that together the company will find ways to “push VR to new heights”. It also intimated that it was considering acquiring other studios, stating it’s “exploring many ways to accelerate VR” and “this is just the beginning”.
In a press release, Facebook said: “Beat Games’ accomplishments are already impressive, but Facebook and the Beat Games team know that there is so much more that can be done across VR, games, and music. They have only scratched the surface with Beat Saber in terms of social features, new modes, music, and more. We are thrilled to join forces to see where this talented team takes VR gaming in the future.”